The 20th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) took place in Durban, South Africa during 31 October to 1 November 2018 (the report is attached hereto as CSO Decision Report). Dr. Tahereh Miremadi, Director of IORA RCSTT attended the above meeting to present and defend the RCSTT’s annual programme including accomplished projects and the future as well as ongoing activities (the report is attached hereto as RCSTT Summary Report).

Taking note of the report, the CSO Meeting approved signing the MOU between RCSTT and Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa (the report is attached hereto as Signing Ceremony Report), funding the two project proposals presented by RCSTT through the IORA Special Fund, and considering the RCSTT cooperation with Aachen University to establish Health and Medical Technology. Further, during the CSO Meeting, the Director of RCSTT, distributed a Policy Brief which was welcomed by the CSO Members (the full text is attached hereto as Policy Brief).

IORA RCSTT signed an MOU with the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa to Coordinate the Water and Sanitation Research and Innovation amongst the IORA Member States,
1 November 2018 in Durban, South Africa

On the 1st of November 2018 during the IORA Senior Officials’ Meeting, the IORA RCSTT signed an MOU with the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa to Coordinate the Water and Sanitation Research and Innovation amongst the IORA Member States.

On the Occasion of the visit of H.E. Mr. Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, South Africa and the Chair of the Eighth Bi-annual Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) to Tehran, Dr Miremadi, Director of IORA-RCSTT, invited him to visit the office of RCSTT on 8 August 2018. It was the first time that Mr. Sooklal visited the headquarter in Tehran. In this visit, he was accompanied by Ms. Jacobs, Charge d'affaires of the South African Embassy to Tehran. During the visit, Dr. Miremadi gave them a tour of the Office and introduced her colleagues and working team. This visit also provided a very good opportunity for both parties to discuss the past activities and the future plans of IORA-RCSTT.

Mr. Ali Morteza Birang, Deputy for International Affairs and Technological Exchange, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, I.R. Iran paid a visit to the Regional Center for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT) and had a meeting with Dr. Miremadi, the Director of IORA RCSTT on October 28, 2018. They discussed the various areas of bilateral cooperation including the joint planning of a training course on human resources development focused on regional science and technology diplomacy and interaction with the Indian, Chinese and Russian technology diplomats.
It is worth noting that Mr. Birang was accompanied in this meeting by Mr. Alaei Tabatabai, the Director of Office of Technology Exchange, Mr. Estiri, the Director General of the International Business Development Office and Mr. Hossein Ahmadi, the Deputy Director of International Affairs.


Dr. Tahereh Miremadi has been appointed as the new Director of IORA RCSTT by the IORA Secretary General in consultation with the Ministry of Science Research and Technology, I.R. Iran since July 25, 2018 for a period of three years.
She has received her PhD on International Relations from Department of Political Science, Tarbiat Modaress University, Tehran in 2002.
  She is basically focused on and fond of Science and technology Diplomacy.
Dr. Miremadi is currently a Senior Research Fellow, and Head of Study Group on S&T Policy in Research Institute of New Technology Development (RINTD), Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Ministry of Science, Research and Technology since 2012.

(Her Curriculum Vitae is enclosed hereto for more information.)